The Bradawl and the Tiger

Originally uploaded by Roostar
This picture doesn't mean much but it does suggest the power of connection. The picture is one we chose for the nursery (along with it's giraffe and elephant mates). The bradawl in the foreground was my grandfather's. As I used it to make a mark in the wall for hanging the picture I felt a surge of connection from my dad's dad through me to the soon-to-be-becoming baby. I have no memory of my grandfather (he died not long after I was born, my other grandad had already died) but luckily, this baby will be able to hang out with his or her grandparents.

The bradawl is still used and still holds the power to remind me of someone I never really knew. How wonderful is that?


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